I'm Kristen - Founder of Zen Lab, Creator,
My practice is built on three tenets; online access, affordability, and flexibility. I strive to make you feel welcome, safe, and free of judgement with your online yoga and meditation practice whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for a long time. I teach multi-style yoga including vinyasa, hatha, restorative, and yin. My classes are all unique, sometimes with relevant themes to reflect upon, or no theme to let you set your own intention for the class, as well as fun music. Music is also important to me which is why it is a big part of my teaching and practice.
This online yoga practice is to inspire you in your unique journey wherever you are in life. I aspire to empower you to explore your edges; mental, emotional, and physical, and challenge what you think you know to be true both inside your mind and also your body.
Zen Lab was created as an act of self-love as well as a greater desire to give back.
Yoga is a practice that I cultivated out of necessity. I've been an athlete all my life, and yoga was one of the only things that brought me physical relief. My practice continued to grow sustaining roots as I experienced mental and physical benefits through practicing regularly.
After moving to Indianapolis to begin my working career, I pursued an MBA at the University of Indianapolis in 2019 while working full time. I had the honor of playing for Indianapolis Red in 2018 and 2019, a local professional ultimate frisbee team in the Premier Ultimate League. Yoga has been a present force in the background of all of my accomplishments physically, mentally, and emotionally.
After working in corporate America for 9 years, I suffered from major burnout, which I wrote about here. My body and mind were sending me clear signals that it was time to switch gears, and I finally decided to listen. I started to rethink what it meant to be successful. In July of 2020 I took a step back (or better yet, a step inward) to reevaluate, become more aware, and deconstruct what I held to be true. This involved finding and setting intentions around my values and adjusting my way of life to be more in line with my inner world.
Although this major shift has allowed me to live more authentically, I am still the same person. I like to live my life with humor, sometimes intensity, and can find the joy in the small moments. I have a dog, Baloo, and a cat, Rajah, and a partner who fill my life with constant sarcasm, puns, and great conversation.
My journey here as a student and teacher is never-ending. It is a constant process of learning and unlearning, and I'm truly beyond grateful you are here with me to share our journeys together.
My mission above is to help define where I'm going and my vision for what I want Zen Lab to be, and my core values represent who I am as a person, or what I strive for. Listing my core values is to help give you an understanding of what matters to me, as well as to hold myself accountable to myself and to my students.